"Narendra Modi has publicly declared that he has no Prime Ministerial ambition. He has been given public mandate to rule Gujarat till 2017 and would continue to serve the people of that state," Thackeray said. (Agencies)
At a function in Gujarat on September 5, Modi told a young school student that those who dreamt of becoming Prime Minister were often destroyed."Instead of harbouring such dreams, I think it is more important to achieve something for the country," said Modi, who has been made the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) campaign chief for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Thackeray lauded Modi for his stance. He, however, said that though the Gujarat strongman had probably succeeded in satisfying the curiosity of the school student on the issue, but questioned how would he explain this to the BJP big bosses who are bent upon declaring him as the next PM candidate?
He added that many in the BJP feel that under Modi's stewardship, the party could achieve the target of winning 272 Lok Sabha seats in the next parliamentary elections. However, Modi’s decision to not step out of Gujarat till 2017 has brought his own ‘Prime Ministerial horse’ to a sudden halt.
“There are many who have dreamt of occupying the top post but failed to aschieve it. Even Sharad Pawar had announced his candidature on several occasions in the past but suddenly backtracked. Now, Modi has done the same," Thackeray said.
"Modi has learnt these lessons of history. Now, who will teach the same lessons to BJP leaders like Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Smriti Irani, Balbir Punj and others," Thackeray added.
"Narendra Modi has publicly declared that he has no Prime Ministerial ambition. He has been given public mandate to rule Gujarat till 2017 and would continue to serve the people of that state," Thackeray said.